Melvin Johnson, Ph.D., assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc was recently selected to participate in the Integrated Geospatial Education and Technology Training (iGETT)-Remote Sensing Project, a professional development program for faculty who teach Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Johnson is one of 18 participants selected from across the country.
The program includes online courses, webinars, mentoring and hands-on summer institutes where the group will: identify, download, and analyze federal land remote sensing data; integrate remote sensing data with GIS to solve practical problems; and address technician-level workforce needs.
The program will allow Johnson to enhance the courses he teaches on the UW-Manitowoc campus. iGETT-Remote Sensing can be applied to areas such as agriculture, biodiversity, climate change, disaster management, environmental science, forestry, urban planning, and water management.
iGETT-Remote Sensing was funded in 2012 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to the National Council for Geographic Education, in collaboration with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the U.S. Geological Survey Landsat Project, and the GeoTech Center.
Johnson is a member of the Association of American Geographers, National Council for Geographic Education, and the American Anthropological Associations. He served as a moderator for the 2013 World Geography Bowl, and has participated in the College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement (AP) reading in human geography.
Johnson has been teaching at UW-Manitowoc since the fall of 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, a master’s of business administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management, a master’s degree in anthropology from Wichita State University, and a doctorate in human geography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.